Day 2574: Failure

Yesterday, a girl told me she always felt like a failure.  I asked her, “What if the concept of failure did not exist?” —  a question I’ve asked before in therapy and in this blog (here and here).

She answered that question the same way many others have: “That would be GREAT.”  I said, “Welcome to my world.”

What would happen if we all pretended that the concept of failure did not exist?

I did not fail to find great quotes about failure here:

Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.  —John Wooden

Success is often achieved by those who do not know that failure is inevitable. — Coco Chanel

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.  — Denis Waitley

When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.  — Ellen DeGeneres

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways which won’t work.  — Thomas A. Edison

Success is not final,  failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. — Winston Churchill

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. —Paulo Coelho

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill

We are all failures – at least the best of us are.  — J.M. Barrie

You build on failure.  You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. —Johnny Cash

Failure is so important.  We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing. —J.K. Rowling

No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist. —Chris Hardwick

With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push the limits; you spend your time building legacies.  Those do not die.  — Criss Jami 

Whenever I write these blog posts, this message appears:

Saving of draft failed.

I don’t let that stop me.

Let’s see if failure exists in any of my recent photos:



















I keep failing at that very difficult level in Peggle but I keep retrying, which I find comforting.

I wonder what interesting failures are ahead for me today?

Here‘s Billie Holiday with “I’ll Never Fail You” …

and Bonnie Raitt with “You Can’t Fail Me Now.”


I’ll never fail to thank those who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.






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20 thoughts on “Day 2574: Failure

  1. I agree. to me failure=lesson. some lessons are harder to ever and you most likely appreciate it at the time, but you’ll come to see it’s a gift.

  2. The first of those Churchill quotes is a success

  3. Failure is a good reminder that I care about something. If I’ve failed it’s because I cared enough to try, and if I cared enough to try I care enough to try again.

  4. You succeed in making me think about my ways every day, Ann. Thank you.

  5. puella33

    Fyodor Dostoevsky comes to mind in today’s blog theme. I think failure is a motivation to arise from the degradation in which we find ourselves.

  6. I love the fat bear eating burritos who’s probably failing to sate his hunger. And how could Bonnie Raitt fail?

  7. You never fail to inspire me Ann and, I agree, the concept of failure is very much overrated!

  8. Many people have said things about failure few of them are remembered.
    Failure is part of life learning to deal with it is a struggle.

  9. Great selection of quotes. I think success and failure go hand in hand. I spent some time thinking about this concept of success and as it happens a lot these days I can’t think about something without having to write about it. So I wrote an article titled ‘How Do You Define Success” – Feel free to check it out!

  10. Pingback: Day 2613: Not dead | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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